INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - While viewers have given us a lot of tips about security atschools, voters in Perry Township this week essentially voted downa big security upgrade at all the schools there.
Perry Township schools had hoped to use $6 million of a $98million construction referendum to increase security in allschools. The district wanted to add more security cameras, giveteachers the ability to lock down a classroom if an intruderthreatens safety, and add more entryways like this one we showedyou at Shelbyville High School which forces all visitors to enterthe school through the main office.
“We felt that a secured entrance area was such a goodoption for us,” said Perry Superintendent Dr. Tom Little.“It's worked so well at our middle schools and high schoolsthat we wanted to have that through the entire district,”Little said.
But voters in the district narrowly defeated the referendummeaning better security will have to wait.
WISH-TV received a lot of email as our stories aired. Many ofyou wanted us to test security at your child's school, which we'llcontinue to do. The biggest majority of the email was complimentarywith messages like: great job, good piece and thanks for caring.Some were not so pleased: "Disappointed, Irresponsible" Someviewers thought by showing how we were able to walk into schools,we were giving the bad guys ideas.
We even obtained an email sent by David Woodward the top schoolsecurity chief from the Indiana Department of Education to everyschool district in the state. The email says our report shouldprompt schools to review the process of visitor access.
Schools get state money to train one school safety specialistfor every school district. “We push collaboration verystrongly,” said Woodward. “We think it's so importantthat (security) plans have been reviewed by first responders,police, fire and emergency management,” said Woodward.
Other media picked up our investigation. After we showed how astudent voluntarily let us in to Shelbyville High School, Schooladministrators were forced to defend their security measures in thelocal paper. But the school underestimated the time it took forsomeone to actually question our presence.
It wasn't "perhaps ten seconds." With our surveillance video nowposted online at wishtv.com you’ll see it's more like aminute.
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